Dover make a visit to the the oldest continuous football ground in English football bidding to end their current slump in form.
Andy Hessenthaler’s men have lost three consecutive league games, with their latest defeat, a 2-0 loss at King’s Lynn Town, coming 10 days ago due to Whites’ exit from the FA Cup last month at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage.
Meanwhile, despite also being knocked out of the FA Cup at the same stage, Maidenhead were in action on Saturday, losing 2-0 away to Altrincham.
Despite losing their first three league games, our hosts on Tuesday night were unbeaten in seven league matches prior to last weekend’s loss in Lancashire, a run that moved the Magpies into the top six on the National League table.
Dover took all three points in this fixture last season, with Nassim L’Ghoul scoring the winner after Kurtis Cumberbatch had earlier put the away side ahead before Danny Whitehall levelled for The Magpies.
Although they were in the relegation zone when last season was curtailed due to the global pandemic, Maidenhead narrowly stayed up on points per game, with Ebbsfleet going down in their place.
Magpies boss Alan Devonshire made 12 signings over the summer as the side from York Road looked to improve on their finishing position last season.
Manny Parry, who played all but 202 minutes for Dover during the 2017-18 season joined from Woking. The centre-back is experienced at this level having joined Whites from Braintree in 2017, before moving to Boreham Wood a year later.
Sam Barratt spent four seasons at Maidenhead between 2014-2018. He would then spend two seasons at Southend before rejoining the Berkshire side in the summer.
Maidenhead became Nathan Blissett’s ninth National League team in his career, with the forward amassing over 190 games in the division so far. The tall forward has also made appearances in the EFL with Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and the now defunct Macclesfield Town.
Shaun Donnellan joined the club this summer from fellow National League side Woking. The midfielder, capped at under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland, has National League experience with Dagenham & Redbridge, Maidstone United and the aforementioned Woking. He also has EFL experience with Walsall and Yeovil.
After being released by Cheltenham Town at the end of last season, Rohan Ince has joined the Berkshire side, his first club outside of the EFL. After being on the books at Chelsea at the start of his career, he went on to make EFL appearances for Brighton, Fulham, Swindon, Bury and Cheltenham.
Dan Sparkes has reunited with Devonshire after leaving Barnet to join the club. Sparkes played under The Magpies boss at Braintree, whilst Jerry Wiltshire joined the club having spent most of his career in the lower leagues in the USA.
Josh Coley, Danilo Orso-Dadomo and George Wells have all moved up from a lower division to join the club, with the trio joining from Stotfold, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Slough Town, respectively.
Finally, goalkeepers Joshua Oluwayemi and Taye Ashby-Hammond joined the club on loan from Tottenham and Fulham, respectively.
Maidenhead’s Player to Watch
New signing Barratt has been in incredible form this season and is top scorer in the league with nine goals from The Magpies’ first 11 games.
This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £10 on Maidenhead’s streaming service.
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Tuesday’s National League Fixtures
Chesterfield Vs Aldershot Town
King’s Lynn Town Vs Bromley
Solihull Moors Vs Hartlepool
Wealdstone Vs Torquay United
Woking Vs Sutton United
Wrexham Vs Altrincham
Yeovil Town Vs Eastleigh
Wednesday’s National League Fixtures
Dagenham & Redbridge Vs Notts County
FC Halifax Town Vs Barnet